All right, then: How might a a ban on “assault weapons,” a 10-round limit on magazine capacity, or a broader background check requirement have saved Hadiya Pendleton? Ward, who apparently used a revolver, fired six rounds. He was on probation for a weapons offense, and I am guessing he did not obtain the gun he used from someone who will suddenly start running background checks on his customers if that is what the law requires. Likewise, although Obama claims Congress “can prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals,” all it can really do is jack up the penalties for something that is already a crime.
Well, Obama says, you can’t expect to “prevent every senseless act of violence.” But if the policies he favors would not prevent the sorts of homicides he cites, why is he citing them?
Because he’s not after gun control, he’s after people control and the total disarmament of the American people.